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Summary of kosher food options in the bay area:

Restaurants:
(all under hashgacha of the Sunrise Kosher / Vaad Hakashrus of Northern California unless otherwise stated)

San Francisco
Sabra Grill (Chinatown)
L'chaim Foods (not a restaurant, take out / delivery only) currently "Under Orthodox Certification of Rabbi Joel Landau."
Frena Bakery (formerly Taboon) Two locations, One downtown and one in the Richmond district, which just opened Jan 2019.

East Bay
Amba Falafel (Oakland) (Fleishig as of 4/28/14). Pas Yisroel available by request CLOSED
Oakland Kosher (Oakland) Fleishigs. Check for certs on www.restaurant.com.
Cafe 3 at UC Berkeley
Touro Kitchen in Vallejo, CA - http://dining.tu.edu/menu.html

South Bay
Izzy's Bagels (Palo Alto) Pas Yisroel. Some Items Cholov Yisroel, Check the kashrus certificate, Open on Shabbos
Jerusalem Grill (Palo Alto area)  not Kosher, no Kashrus certification, not Jewish owned (as of Nov.22, 2015)
Pars Kosher Market in San Jose, certified by the Vaad, now has a small eat in section (4 tables, first come first serve) with a short meat menu and ready made hot food. Also lots of kosher groceries.
Stanford University Cafeteria weekday lunches five days a week and dinners Monday - Thurs. General public can pay at Florence Moore Dorm and enjoy the Kosher section. Fleishig (meat) for both meals each day. Flo-Mo, as it is called, is on Mayfield Ave., across from the parking lot of Tressidor.  Finding the dining hall can be a challenge for outsiders but any student will direct you.




Groceries (etc):

San Francisco
CHOUX Bakery - French cream puffs (Haight-Ashbury) Pas yisroel, cholov yisroel. No longer certified kosher / open on Shabbos.

East Bay
Oakland Kosher.
Grand Bakery (Oakland) Pas Yisroel, Dairy items are NOT cholov yisroel. Closing 12/23/16
Berkeley Bowl (Berkeley) has some kosher items.
Costco (Definitely the one in Richmond. I believe this applies to others in the Bay Area, but this is what I know firsthand.) has cholov yisroel cheese and Jack's sausages. (As of August 2014)

South Bay
I believe Mollie Stone's in Palo Alto has a big Kosher selection. there are probably other options there as well.


Author Topic: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread  (Read 114504 times)

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Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
« Reply #660 on: October 16, 2018, 11:33:56 AM »
Was there a few months ago. Had simple good food. Was happy there. I am not picky at all so I'm easy to please.
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Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
« Reply #661 on: October 16, 2018, 02:00:02 PM »
Was there a few months back. Good service. Food was fine.

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Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
« Reply #662 on: October 16, 2018, 02:06:25 PM »
I think Sabra is fine for what it is. Not sure why it gets so much hate here.

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Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
« Reply #663 on: October 16, 2018, 02:16:07 PM »
I think Sabra is fine for what it is. Not sure why it gets so much hate here.

Simple: the food is reasonable but overpriced. (not outrageously, considering the location etc.) The service is atrocious.
1. "overpriced" might not even be fair considering they're in SFO, I shouldn't compare to NY etc prices. I probably should've said "not cheap" instead.
2. At times the service there was really really bad, that doesn't mean it was always bad for everyone.

It sounds like maybe by now (with the new management?) they moved up from really bad to just mediocre? people are not having really bad experiences any more?

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Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
« Reply #664 on: October 16, 2018, 03:08:22 PM »
Didn't have any issues. Friendly waiter, ordered my food, it came a few minutes later. Had a good and hearty meal and left. Didn't find it to be overpriced.

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Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
« Reply #665 on: October 18, 2018, 02:42:30 AM »
lol

On that note, has anyone here been to sabra in the last year or two?

I'm wondering how the service is under the new management.
Service was improved, and nice. Heimish. It's great for what it is.

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Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
« Reply #667 on: December 11, 2018, 07:36:11 PM »
Is there enough stuff to do here to spend two three days?

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Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
« Reply #668 on: December 11, 2018, 07:41:51 PM »
Is there enough stuff to do here to spend two three days?

Yes.

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Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
« Reply #669 on: December 12, 2018, 08:13:07 AM »
Yes.
Ideas?
I saw Dan TR but he only mentioned Alcatraz and that science museum - Exploratorium .
Maybe should look up thread and read some other trip reports before I start asking questions  ::)

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Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
« Reply #670 on: December 12, 2018, 09:06:41 AM »
Ideas?

look up thread and read some other trip reports before asking questions  ::)

Wikitravel would be helpful too.

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Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
« Reply #671 on: January 23, 2019, 10:13:09 AM »
Went to Sabra last night, to me nothing has changed in 10 years. Food takes forever to come out, not all that great but keeps me alive. That’s about it. Going to try the new bakery today

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Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
« Reply #672 on: January 23, 2019, 12:40:40 PM »
Legion of honor museum one of my favorites, go to Napa!

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Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
« Reply #673 on: March 04, 2019, 04:54:48 PM »
The Rabbis of the Orthodox shul in Oakland & Berkeley started a new Hashgacha - "East Bay Kosher." They are now certifying a Falafel place "The Flying Falafel" at the Berkeley location only.

The place is open on Shabbos, and the announcement says to wait 30 minutes following Shabbos to buy any food.

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Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
« Reply #674 on: May 12, 2019, 10:18:41 AM »
Any reviews on the Flying Falafel?

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Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
« Reply #675 on: May 12, 2019, 10:43:35 AM »
Are there any beaches near OAKLAND/San Francisco worth going to?

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Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
« Reply #676 on: May 12, 2019, 01:04:44 PM »
Any reviews on the Flying Falafel?
Doesn't seem like a generally accepted hechsher.
Save your time, I don't answer PM. Post it in the forum and a dedicated DDF'er will get back to you as soon as possible.

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Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
« Reply #677 on: May 12, 2019, 01:57:03 PM »
Are there any beaches near OAKLAND/San Francisco worth going to?
Sure, in SF very nice, lands end by sutra baths and park presidio

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Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
« Reply #678 on: May 13, 2019, 02:45:43 PM »
How feasible is it to rent bikes from around Fisherman’s Wharf to over the Golden Gate Bridge with a 8 year old boy?

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Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
« Reply #679 on: May 13, 2019, 03:11:37 PM »
How feasible is it to rent bikes from around Fisherman’s Wharf to over the Golden Gate Bridge with a 8 year old boy?

It's 4 miles from Wharf to GG bridge, and then you'd at a minimum need to go back over the bridge - so figure 8-12 miles. Doubt a kid can bike that.